Board

Kacey Bonner, Board Chair

Kacey Bonner is the Board Chair for Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles. She is an avid live music fan and believes that all communities deserve access to the arts that enable people to lead fuller, richer lives.    

Outside of her volunteer work, Kacey is a strategy expert and gifted storyteller with a focus on social impact and representation. Over the past 23 years, she has moved from teaching high school in South LA to leading campaigns that drive social and political issues forward through a framework of justice. Most recently, she has worked with clients to end oil drilling in neighborhoods, translate rigorous academic research into work that is accessible to the communities it impacts, and drive awareness around tenants’ rights and eviction prevention services. Partners include The UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute, the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, Stay Housed LA and the Stand Together against Neighborhood Drilling Coalition. 

To all her work, volunteer and professional, Kacey brings an invaluable lens that prioritizes justice and amplifies the voices of those who too often go unheard

Ronald Simms Jr., Board Secretary

Ronald Simms Jr. serves as Board Secretary for Levitt Pavillion Los Angeles. He is also the Associate Director of Communications at Catalyst California, where he oversees the strategic vision of the Communications department and the planning and production of key materials and assets related to advocacy, fundraising, and event-based campaigns. Ronald’s passion for creating a more equitable society began in 2008 when he worked on racial justice campaigns for the NAACP, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, the ACLU, and other non-profit organizations.  

Before joining Catalyst California, Ronald served as the Digital Communications Manager at New American Leaders, where he created and executed social media campaigns around immigrant rights, voting rights, pay for public officials, and stories of first and second-generation Americans in public office. He also served as a Digital Communications Specialist at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City, developing digital campaigns around employment discrimination, school segregation, the death penalty, and voting rights. Before that, Ronald spent several years in Okinawa, Japan teaching English to children and adults.  

He is a graduate of New York University.  

Ray Lopéz-Chang, Treasurer

Ray López-Chang is a Queer organizer, native Angeleno, urban planner, and proud product of a Central American-Chinese family of immigrants and refugees. At fifteen, he became the youngest elected official in California, serving as Board Member of LA’s’ Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council. He served as Field Deputy and Director of Community Engagement for Board District 5 at LAUSD, building coalitions of school stakeholders to become organizers and advancing policies to uplift LGBTQ+ young people. At the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Ray managed the CLASS Coalition to advocate for education equity and co-constructed a $900K pandemic relief grantmaking strategy. Since 2020, Ray has been with GPSN as Senior Manager of Collective Action and Director of Advocacy and Planning, convening and organizing nearly 100 LA-based cross-sector organizations to build collective action for students. Ray holds his B.A. in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and Master’s of Urban Planning, Certificate of Public Policy from University of Southern California (USC). In his spare time, Ray serves on the boards of Southeast LA’s YMCA, miVacunaLA, and Asian Democrats of LA County, and is a Chapter Co-Author of Cornell University’s Building Collective Leadership for Culture Change. Ray loves spontaneous adventures, participates in drag culture, regularly attends CrossFit, frequently watches live music, and enjoys connecting with new hearts and minds. 

Beth Bergman, Director

Beth is a partner at Bergman and Allderdice. She represents numerous local and national tax-exempt organizations, affordable housing developers, charter schools, community development financial institutions, institutional lenders and government agencies; her practice areas include corporate, real estate, real estate financing, affordable housing, economic and community development, tax-exempt governance and tax-exempt financing.

Prior to entering private practice, Beth was Assistant Housing Coordinator to Mayor Bradley. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake she was a counsel to the Los Angeles Housing Department facilitating real estate loans between the City and nonprofit corporations, utilizing tax credits, bonds and City subsidies to help rebuild the City’s housing stock.

Beth currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and she has served as associate editor for the American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Redevelopment Law. Articles Beth has authored have appeared in numerous legal and not-for-profit association journals, and she lectures in the areas of tax-exempt formation, nonprofit subsidiaries, affordable housing, joint ventures and social enterprise. She has also taught Constitutional Law at Loyola Law School and Environmental Law at Glendale School of Law.

Beth is a graduate of Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, and of Harvard Law School, J.D. She attended a fellowship program at Stanford University Medical School. She was an Associate Editor for the Stanford Law Review and Clerk to the Hon. Chief Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and is a member of the California, New York, Texas, Arizona and D.C. Bar Associations, and her memberships include the American Bar Association Sections on Affordable Housing and Nonprofit Law.

Beth Bergman is ranked as a Super Lawyer from 2019 to present, recognized as a top rated Nonprofit Organizations Attorney by “Super Lawyers®” in Southern California and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

When not advising nonprofits, Beth plays violin and viola with local symphonies and electric violin in experimental rock and roll projects, including Black Cactus, an LA band with psychedelic (think Radiohead) leanings.

Deisy Gutierrez, Director

Deisy Gutierrez is an immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico. As a single mother of three, she grew passionate about empowering other women and has been leading change in her community for over  seven years. In 2016, she was nominated by parent groups she worked with and was granted the SHE HERO AWARD by City of Los Angeles Councilmember Curren Price of District 9. Deisy’s devotion to being a lifelong learner led her to obtain certifications such as Intuitive Anatomy Theta Healing Instructor and Domestic Violence Counselor and to graduate from the “Taller de Vida” Leadership Academy. She’s a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at Koreatown Youth and Community Center. She also joined the fight for immigrant rights. As a DACA recipient herself, she traveled with CHIRLA to DC where she was at the Supreme Court for the DACA hearing on November 12, 2019.

Manny Colindres, Director

Manny Colindres is a seasoned Multicultural Marketing Consultant with over 20 years of experience in General and Hispanic Advertising. Growing up between the vibrant landscapes of Los Angeles and the sunny shores of Florida, he developed a unique perspective on multicultural diversity, fueled by my love for LA sports, music, and dancing. 

His passion for multicultural marketing was ignited through his early experiences working with independent musicians, and it eventually led him into brand management, where he had the privilege of working with renowned names such as Pepsi-Cola, Verizon Wireless, Jack Daniel, Jameson Whiskey, and Don Julio Tequila. Alongside my professional journey, he pursued degrees in Recording Engineering and Communications to further enhance my skills in effective audio production, communication, and brand building.  

When he’s not immersed in the world of marketing, you’ll often find him cheering on his favorite LA sports teams, grooving to the beats of diverse musical genres, and dancing to the rhythms of life itself. These passions enrich his creativity and contribute to his ability to connect with audiences on a deep, emotional level.

Aurora Colindres, Advisory Council Member

Aurora Colindres is the Principal at Power For Good Consulting. She served as the Director of Development for CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights). Her 15-year fundraising career includes Director of Development roles at Los Angeles Parks Foundation, Western Center for Law and Poverty, and Weingart Center Association, professional experiences grounded in social justice focusing on equitable green space, legal and policy advocacy, and homeless services. Aurora is a Cohort member of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and a volunteer for StepUp Los Angeles Chapter. Aurora graduated with a BA in Marketing and a minor in International Business from the University of Central Florida.

Joey Newman, Advisory Council Member

Joey Newman is an Emmy-nominated, third generation film and television composer of the famed Hollywood musical Newman dynasty. Joey has composed the music to award-winning feature films, numerous television series, video games and provided arrangements for recording artists like Rufus Wainwright and Broadway composers Marcy & Zina and Cinco Paul.

David Quan, Advisory Council Member

David Quan is a 30 year veteran of the music industry and is an expert in all facets of Music Publishing. He is currently the Head of Licensing & Administration at The Greater Goods Co. His duties include business affairs, licensing, copyright, and royalties. He has worked for such notable companies as Leiber & Stoller, All Nations Music, Warner/Chappell, BMG, Universal Records, PeerMusic, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and NBCUniversal. Quan holds a BS Degree in Marketing from the California State University, Los Angeles and an MBA with a concentration in Corporation Finance from USC. He was a two term President of The California Copyright Conference, and is a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers, Guild Of Music Supervisors, Songwriters of North America, and The Society of Composers and Lyricists.

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